HYDERABAD: Notwithstanding expressions of confidence from senior leaders that the Praja Rajyam would sweep the polls, the think tank in the fledgling party is busy working out caste equations, a factor that it expects to give them an edge in over 100 seats.
Till late on Wednesday evening, the party’s political brains were busy putting together firm numbers. Internal analyses of the party based on surveys, a top source said, included good performance in 25 of the 34 seats in the North coastal districts of Srikakulam, Vizianagaram and Visakhapatnam and 25 of the 34 constituencies in East and West Godavari. Also, the surveys, using different mechanisms, have given it 25 each in Telangana and Rayalaseema.
Having done the groundwork to achieve a minimum of 100 seats, the party is going forward with focus on fielding more candidates from the BCs, scheduled castes and tribes and minorities too, giving it that much more results. A leader said they were trying to have at least one Muslim from every district too.
Enquiries with senior leaders revealed that they had a clear game plan of securing the maximum number of seats in the five districts of coastal Andhra, keeping the demographic profile of the region in mind. Guidelines being followed wherever possible include pitting a candidate from the backward classes to fight the opposition if it fielded a ‘Kamma’ or a ‘Reddy’ and use the sway that ‘Rajus’ and ‘Kapus’ held in these districts to the best advantage of the Praja Rajyam.
As the first list of the TDP was announced, there was a flurry of unobtrusive activity. Party chief K. Chiranjeevi, general secretary Allu Aravind and Yuva Rajyam president Pawan Kalyan began holding parleys with leaders for fine-tuning the list of candidates. Mr. Chiranjeevi is scheduled to fly on Thursday morning on his tour of East Godavari district.